Monday, May 20, 2019


There are two thrift shops that I frequent - one is yucky, but I pass by on my way to a favorite shop and I always look in the window.

This soup tureen is my most recent find - not that I "need" any more soup tureens.

I now have 4 tureens and 3 are from the same thrift shop.

The Eddie Bauer pitcher hiding in the corner is another find from the "yucky" shop.

I am guaranteed to find something fun, like these little cuties, at the Assistance League charity shop.

Last week, I was about to walk out empty handed when I spotted a table with linens and a lovely set of 5 handmade napkins came home with me.

You only see 4 on the chair because the 5th is in use  - can you spot it in the guest room?

There it is on the nightstand holding my Mother's Day roses.

I absolutely love the delicate needle work on the napkins.

While I was in line to make my purchase I spotted an old enamel tea kettle with a hole in the bottom - I had a pitcher just the right size to fit inside and it's perfect for holding a flower arrangement.

My first thought was to have the kettle in the garden holding a daisy plant, but for now, it's in the living room because I'm working on a May Pinterest Challenge and this arrangement will be part of it.

With the Pinterest Challenge and my poor garden desperately needing love, there won't be any thrifting in the near future.

WIND (yes, all in caps!) and rain have kept me out of the garden so the rest of the week I will be at home playing.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tea in the Garden

Welcome to the Spring Tea Party Blog Hop hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you are following in order, then you were just visiting Cindy of County Road 407

where you will always find beautiful inspiration.

 I'm so happy you're here, even though I'm not quite ready for tea in the garden - I went a little overboard at the nursery and have to get all these flowers planted.

But, I'm happy to have the company while I work

so come on in and I'll take you out to the garden

where you can sit and relax.

Teapots, teacups and flowers add a spring touch to the porch.

I added a few books for height and if you look closely you'll see that I included my only book about tea.

I love using quotes in vignettes

"Life is like a cup of tea- to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends."

You can sit on the bench - I selected a few books for you to browse through

and I set out cookies and tea for your enjoyment.

Just for today, I added tiny teacups to the chippy window.

Your view from the bench will be what seems to be the yellow section of my garden - I didn't realize I had planted so many different yellow flowers .

You definitely don't want to sit on this bench - Steve paid $1 for it at a yard sale and it's a bit rickety.

Sitting on one of the chaises is a good choice.

You will have a nice view of the garden

and there's a spot for a glass of iced tea.

I promise to be super quiet so you can listen to the birds and the sound of the surf.

The table is cleared off, everything is planted and now I have time to join you for tea in the garden, but it's such a lovely day I suggest we take a walk on the beach instead.

And now it's time to send you off to visit Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles.

Enjoy visiting all of the links in this fun blog hop.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Friday, April 26, 2019

A Giveaway Made For Me

 We live in a white house with blue trim

and you can spot a little blue and white in every room in the house.

So when I read about a giveaway hosted by Juliette @englishwife

Karina @corishwareartist and 

@cornishware, I knew I had to enter.

I was so excited when Juliette notified me that I was the winner and in shock when the package arrived from Somerset, England in just a few days.

I'm a sucker for packaging - the blue and white striped boxes each held a sweet mug and the message from Juliette was lovely.

I am so happy that Cornishware UK offered the giveaway world wide.

I had no idea that they had anything except blue and white - the yellow is so fun!

In addition to the 2 mugs, the package included a lovely teapot and the cutest little pitcher.

Of course the gift had to include tea and I love the cute message on the box.

I had to style the entry in blue and white - my old classroom stool came down from the attic for spring.

I love that I once again have a bit of Cornishware - I had one little bowl brought to me by friends who live in Penzance, Cornwall, but sadly I broke it.

Yes, this giveaway was made for me.

I'm sitting at the dining room table writing this post (wearing a blue and white striped sweater), the muffin and grapes are long gone, but my cup is full today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spring Door Decor

It's time again for the monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Roads 407.

I was up for this challenge because we definitely need a new look on our front door.

Photo by Tracy's Treasures found on Pinterest  

I have been using a canvas tote filled with faux flowers for ages.

I need to use faux blooms because fresh die too quickly and dried flowers wilt.

My first thought was to make a new tote from one of the many blue and white tea towels I hoard.

But, this navy and white towel is the only duplicate that I was willing to cut up and the navy clashes with the blue of our house trim.

I really wanted to use something I had on hand and I realized that the sap bucket that hangs on grandpa's old pitchfork would be perfect.

I headed out to the garden shed to see what faux blooms I had that would work for a spring arrangement.

I would have like to have used the yellow blooms in the striped bag, but they are paper and would quickly turn to mush in the ocean air.

I found a nice variety of colorful blooms to use in the rusty bucket.

I expect a lot of my fellow bloggers on this challenge will be using more spring like blooms in pinks and purples, but those colors don't work with our bright red door.

Although a red chair didn't stop me from using pinks and purples on the porch.

So that's my take on the Pinterest Challenge for April and now it's time to see what everyone else created.

Thanks, Cindy of County Road 407 , for organizing the challenge.